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577 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews

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juliemax
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
13 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We had sailed on the Maasdam 6 years ago and that experience hooked us on Holland America cruises. This cruise has a wonderful itinerary. We did an 8 day Alaska last September and were very disappointed with the weather. This trip we ... Read more
waterfeature
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have always liked the HAL for the library, the food, and the service. This is my 29th cruise, 4 of which is HAL. The embarkation was great with no long lines. But once entering the ship there was no one to show which direction to go, ... Read more
TravelOften!
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
The "Beautiful and Elegant Westerdam" is average at best. It's a great budget friendly cruise to Alaska but as far at the "cruise" experience... MEH has been a great description used by other travelers. My friend ... Read more
mikethebus
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This Cruise was supposed to be part of a 19 day treat for my wife to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I booked a mini suite (6118) and once on board disappointment set in as the rooms were old and dated with trim missing and ... Read more
Directrix
Member Since 2014
1 review
40 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I was scanning cruises in the Baltic for 2017 when this 2016 cruise to both the Baltic AND the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands showed up. I learned on the ship it was really 2 back-to-back cruises and many of the passengers were ... Read more

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Teachers Travel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
3 forum posts
22 helpful votes
My husband and I are seniors and sail with HAL or Royal Caribbean, over a dozen cruises. We live on Vancouver Island, a 6 hour journey to Vancouver, our embarkation port. I search previous review of the Zaandam with identical cruises ... Read more
Jojomom
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Love , love, love the size of the ship! Embarkation was a breeze- The ships decor is very nice! Love the enclosed pool area, the retreat area was one of my favorite spots! Extremely clean ship!! Rooms very nice. The service we received was ... Read more
Van2010
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and it exceeded our expectations. The cruise departed from our own city, for a good price so we booked it a month prior to the sailing. Our stateroom 5127 had a verandah and we would recommend booking one. We ... Read more
rayu13
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We love Holland America and we wanted to see the Baltic. Nearly all of the ports were wonderful, and St. Petersburg was the standout. It's a MUST VISIT place. Our ship's staff, food, stateroom and common rooms were great, as we have ... Read more
travel09
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
126 forum posts
This cruise was to places unknown to us, in Central America, which was a wonderful highlight, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and fascinating Guatemala. Mexico, and even in the US, San Diego, which was delightful .The public spaces, and there are ... Read more

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ccfandango
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 helpful votes
Great way to show elderly parents some of Europes highlights in comfort and without the hassles of overland transport and accommodation and introduce them to cruising, Cruise itself was great, ports visited from Barcelona to Venice gave a ... Read more
ziggyw
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Decided to treat ourselves and have Holland meet us at the airport,take us to a hotel,pick us up the next day, bring us to the ship,and at the end of the trip take us to the airport. A bit pricey, but well worth it.Cabin and food are ... Read more
Firehawk110
Member Since 2016
1 review
This is our 3rd Transatlantic cruise in a row. Each cruise had completely different itineraries and we both love the sea days and on crossings there are plenty of sea days to relax as you see fit. My wife and I enjoy the guest speakers ... Read more
rherbig47
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because of its length (13 days) and because we had not been to any of the countries and ports. The cruise was very good and the ports were well chosen from ones in Italy, Turkey, Greece and Croatia. We were awed by ... Read more
patandjohn@mindspring.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on a Holland America ship and we found it to be the nicest we have yet experienced. We have sailed on NCL and Celebrity in the past. We combined two separate cruises to get a 29 day total. The first was a 17 ... Read more

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JForbes-Murphy
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
22 helpful votes
We absolutely hated this cruise!! This was our fourth cruise with Holland America and our last! The good parts of the cruise were our room stewards were quite nice and did a good job; our servers in the dinning room were also quite nice ... Read more
Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Although we are much younger than the average person on the ship, we did enjoy it. The ship itself needs to be upgraded i.e. TVs, stateroom furniture, WiFi, Unfortunately, some of the needed work of chipping rust on deck happened ... Read more
BWV
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose the 7-day Gems of Spain for a short getaway, and it was perfect. Embarkation was hassle-free and fast. We had a Signature Suite and loved the size - especially the double sink in the bathroom. We attended the embarkation lunch, ... Read more
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Ronjane
Member Since 2010
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because the rates were fantastic, we could cruise from home, and the itinerary was excellent (circled the Caribbean). We have sailed Holland America before with good results. The embarkation and debarkation went ... Read more
Exseadog
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
This time last year I wrote that Holland America were a company to be avoided. This resulted from problems experienced on the Veendam on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego, their dissembling as to the reasons for the problems and ... Read more

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b4mug
Member Since 2012
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was the second cruise with HAL as they promised they would get it right this time as they got it so wrong on our first cruise. My wife is very hard of hearing and when she takes her aids out to go to sleep at night she is totally deaf ... Read more
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FieryGoddess
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Having never before tried Holland America, but, knowing they were rated 5*, we took advantage of the spring break, hoping for lovely time, good food and good weather. Sadly, these expectations were not met (apart from the weather). ... Read more
Anita5
Member Since 2016
1 review
I wanted to try the new ship to determine if it be worth brining my spouse back for a B-day celebration. The best the ship had to offer were the Lincoln Center performances, B-B Kings and the updated Lido deck look, and the outdoor deli ... Read more
pacific 193741
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
The ship was very disappointing. It was the official maiden voyage.The online photos and videos are very misleading as they show show open, bright airy spaces but the ship is dark, cramped and crowded. There is lifted carpeting throughout ... Read more
donnabolger
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 helpful votes
Embarkation for our panama Sunfarer cruise was very smooth. We arrived at cruise port by 11 and were on the ship by noon. We are an older couple (65 and 71) so we fit right in with the much older crowd than we have been with on other ... Read more

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